These broads got the blues

Dorothy Morrison is one of four Blues Broads coming to Folsom this Saturday. Photo by Bob Hakins

FOLSOM — Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli and Annie Sampson join forces as The Blues Broads, a roots-music supergroup of the first order. Together, these exceptional vocalists and songwriters enjoy more than two centuries in blues, country, gospel and rock.

Carrera Productions brings these talented ladies to Harris Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 26.

The Blues Broads welcomes another genre-free powerhouse, Deanna Bogart, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist, to open the show and join in as Honorary Broad for an evening of musical mastery the audience will long remember.

Morrison attained international renown as the lead vocalist on “Oh, Happy Day,” the biggest selling gospel record of all time. She has also worked with Van Morrison, Boz Scaggs, Rita Coolidge, and on Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” With Morrison, the heavens may not open up but you will hear an angel sing.

Known as the “First Lady of Texas Blues,” Strehli worked on stage and off to put the celebrated Austin club Antone’s on the map — and young talent like Stevie Ray Vaughn in our hearts. Helping her move from backstage to center stage, her mentors include such legends as Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King and Albert Collins.

The mighty voice of the San Francisco heyday Nelson has shared the stage at the Fillmore and beyond with Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Musselwhite and more. Her hit song “Down So Low” has been covered by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt and Cyndi Lauper. If you have not yet experienced Nelson’s resonance, heart, soul and chops, it’s high time you did.

Whether she’s singing rock, gospel or show tunes, Sampson’s voice fills the theater on mic and off. She went from a lead role in the original San Francisco production of “Hair” to founding Stoneground with members of Beau Brummels and Pablo Cruise. Sampson has also recorded with Taj Mahal, Jerry Garcia, Journey, Elvin Bishop, Elvis Costello and others who recognize her pure talent.

This exciting event takes place on Saturday, July 26 at Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College. Tickets are $25, $35, $40. Doors open at 7 p.m. and show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling (916) 608-888 or online at harriscenter.net.

A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit the Sacramento Blues Society’s Blues in the Schools program.

Carrera Productions Is owned and operated by Mary Carrera. For more than 10 years, Carrera Productions has been involved in some of the region’s best and most successful events — Folsom Rhythm & Brews, Coloma Blues Live!, management of El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire, Thursday Night Concert Series at El Dorado Hills Town Center and much more. Additional information available at carrera-productions.com.

Special to Village Life


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